UPDATE | 10 p.m. — The Black Mountain Fire is now 58% contained. It increased a small amount to 418 acres.
GRAND COUNTY, Colo. — The 416-acre Black Mountain Fire burning in Grand County is now 48% contained.
The fire broke out on Aug. 29 in the Routt National Forest about eight miles northeast of Kremmling. It was sparked by lightning, according to fire investigators. It is burning just west of the East Troublesome Fire burn scar.
The additional containment is along the east side of the blaze. Over the weekend, crews worked along the fire's edge and dozer crews improved the secondary line and cleared debris east of the fire. The secondary line was created to help keep the fire boxed in and limit its growth, fire officials said.
On Monday, crews will focus on increasing containment along the southern and western edges of the fire. Fire danger will be elevated by warmer weather, low humidity and gusty afternoon winds up to 26 mph, according to the incident commander. Aerial operations will be ready if needed.
Two areas near Parshall south and southeast of the fire remain under pre-evacuation notice. Click here to see a map of these zones.
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